While the Howard County Public School System has worked with the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center to bring awareness and combat stereotypes surrounding poverty and homeless in the county since 2008, as of Monday, Jan. 14, that relationship is now a formal partnership.
The school system announced last week that it was partnering with Grassroots. Through the partnership, Grassroots will provide resources to school staff to help teach students about poverty, homelessness and the services Grassroots provides, according to a release from the school system.
Grassroots will also provide community service opportunities for students through programs like Change Matters, Empty Bowls and walk-a-thons, and "may also offer internship opportunities" to qualified high school students who are interested in social welfare and services.
Based in Columbia, Grassroots is a multi-service crisis intervention center that offers 24-hour intervention, shelter and outreach services.